The United Soccer League (USL), in recognising the contribution Caribbean players have made to the United States division two competition, recently named a top 10 list of regional players for this season with Jamaica and Phoenix Rising star Junior Flemmings topping the group. Five other Jamaicans are on this elite list.
Caribbean players make up a great percentage of the league’s players, and the USL website noted that some of the best players in the championship have their roots in the region. It also pointed out that three of the competition’s first four MVPs came from the Caribbean. However, Reggae Boyz team manager Roy Simpson, who earlier this year criticised the quality of the championship, says this recognition from the league is an indication that Jamaican players are following a programme established by the national team’s technical staff and are having much a bigger impact in the league this season.
“The USL is a stepping stone for these players to move forward. The fact that their dominance is now evident suggests that they are making themselves more marketable. Their consistency is a good indicator that they are taking more seriously the programme we indicated to them. Hopefully, from these performance we can see them breaking into the bigger leagues,” Simpson said.